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FUFA needs sh241m for Guinea

By Vision Reporter

Added 30th March 2011 03:00 AM

LOCAL soccer governing body FUFA needs $100,000 (sh241m) for Uganda’s next African Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau in June.

LOCAL soccer governing body FUFA needs $100,000 (sh241m) for Uganda’s next African Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau in June.

By James Bakama nd Swalley Kenyi

LOCAL soccer governing body FUFA needs $100,000 (sh241m) for Uganda’s next African Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau in June.

Federation vice president (finance) Anthony Kimuli said fundraising efforts are already in motion.

The education and sports ministry and FUFA’s other sponsors have accordingly been reminded about the home game.

“This time, we don’t want last minute preparations,” noted Kimuli in reference to the recent away match in Guinea Bissau where FUFA was saved at the eleventh hour by a sh186m offer from President Yoweri Museveni.

Uganda beat Guinea Bissau 1-0, helped by David Obua’s first half goal, and now top Group J with 7 points from three matches.

Kenya are second at 4 points, Guinea Bissau have 3 just like Angola.

Catalogue of expenses
The sh241m is supposed to cater for air tickets for Uganda’s foreign based players and referees, accommodation of the Cranes and the visitors plus other expenses like allowances and winning bonuses.

Speaking at the weekly FUFA press conference in Mengo yesterday, Kimuli also used the occasion to thank Museveni for his gesture.

The president responded to FUFA’s pleas after the media highlighted the body’s financial pleas. Kimuli also commended the media. “If it hadn’t been for you, maybe we wouldn’t have travelled.”

He explained that out of the presidential offer, $55,000 was used for air tickets. An extra $10,000 was for a refund for air tickets paid by David Obua, Vincent Kayizzi and Andy Mwesigwa.

An extra $10,000 was paid in hotel bills for the team’s three-day camp in Dakar, Senegal before the trip to Guinea Bissau.

Kimuli said the team’s allowances accounted for $23,000 bringing the entire bill to sh238m.

Kimuli said the extra sh56m was paid by the team’s sponsors MTN.

Meanwhile, the U-23 Olympic qualifier between Uganda and Congo Brazzaville grossed sh20m in gate collections. However, Kimuli said that after removal of operational costs, security and CAF fees, FUFA remained with a sh8.7m balance.

Pastor blesses Onyango
Uganda Cranes custodian Dennis Onyango’s penalty save against Guinea Bissau has earned him sh500,000 and blessings from Pastor Elijah Ssebukyu of Kampala International Christian Centre.

The save came after Cranes took a first half lead.

FUFA needs sh241m for Guinea

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